Fears village ‘cannot cope’ as plan for care home unveiled


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A consultation has been launched on plans that could see a new 90-bed care home built in Brampton.

The proposal, which is being managed by planning consultants the Environmental Partnership on behalf of This Land Limited, is an outline application for a care home and residential development in Thrapston Road.

The application site is currently part of a small farmstead bordered by the A14 to the north and Thrapston Road to the south.

The farm was most recently in use for grazing but is now vacant.

The proposed development seeks permission for a 90-bed care home and residential development of up to 32 dwellings, with car parking and landscaping.

Access to the site would be provided directly onto Thrapston Road, with two entry points proposed and an internal connecting road running through the site.

Once the public consultation is complete, the planning consultants will seek outline planning permission from Huntingdonshire District Council for the development to go ahead.

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The planning consultants are now asking residents in the area to give feedback on the proposal before it is submitted.

However, residents are worried about the lack of school and health provision in the area and say that new development will lead to more pressure on the services.

Elizabeth Mary, a Brampton resident, said: “The village infrastructure and amenities cannot cope with yet more pressure. We have no real understanding as yet as to the effect of the housing developments at Brampton Park, Bellway and the golf course. “Crane Street is already a rat run and even more housing will add to the traffic on an already dangerous road. The village school and secondary schools are already oversubscribed. The doctor’s surgery is struggling. Where will the residents of the proposed care home be registered? The roads in and out of the village are already gridlocked mornings and evenings and any time there is disruption on the A14.”

Sandra Perry, another resident, said: “This is no longer a nice little village. The High Street is a nightmare. Parking is a nightmare. It is only going to get worse.”

A statement on the Environmental Partnership website notes: “We believe that the proposed development will be a positive addition to the area; and is well placed to provide opportunity for a new care home and housing development, which will benefit Brampton.”

Councillor John Morris, member for Brampton, said: “Two weeks is too short a period for meaningful consultation with the local community and I have therefore asked the agent acting on behalf of the developer to extend the consultation period to six weeks.

“I would also like the developer to arrange a public consultation meeting to seek the views of as many people as possible. It is important that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to have their say on this proposal I have also urged the developer to formally seek the views of our Brampton GP surgery practice on the proposed 90 bed care home.

“Many people have already asked the question would our local GP surgery have the capacity to cope with a 90-bed care home?”

To comment on the application visit www.tep.uk.com/project/meadow-view-farm-brampton or e-mail meadowview@tep.uk.com.